Deposed Revenge Porn Jester Craig Brittain Tries To DMCA Censor Popehat, Adam Steinbaugh… And The FTC

from the Brittain:-'I-feel-I-still-have-more-reprehensible-stupidity-to-offer' dept

The DMCA takedown system is once again being abused by Craig Brittain. The recently deposed king inadvertent court jester of the revenge porn world — defenestrated by the FTC no less — has issued a new bogus takedown request in hopes of purging the internet of critical articles.

Brittain’s takedown asks for the delisting of 23 posts from various sites, all of which have been denied by Google. Among the more scathing posts Brittain hoped to remove with his abusive request include those written by two of his nemeses, Ken White (of Popehat) and Adam Steinbaugh. Also listed: posts residing at Ars Technica, Gawker, Forbes, Huffington Post, GigaOm, Reddit, Salon, Vice and The Verge. Somehow, it appears that our own article on Techdirt about him may be the only one he didn’t seek to take down. Gee, thanks, Craig!

To top it off, Brittain also requests — wait for it — that the FTC’s press release concerning his settlement with the agency, along with details of the case proceedings, be removed as well.

But what takes it into truly surreal territory is Brittain’s seeming inability to realize just how hypocritical his request is. For someone who made a living posting photos and contact information without permission (and made a further living pretending to be a “takedown lawyer” who could make the unauthorized photos and contact info vanish for the right price), he seems suddenly very sensitive about the use of photos and personal information. Or at least the use of his, anyway. From the takedown request hosted at Chilling Effects:

Unauthorized use of photos of me and other related information. Unauthorized use of statements and identity related information. Unauthorized copying of excerpts from isanybodydown.com. Using photos which are not ‘fair use’.

[For whatever reason, Brittain claims the infringed item is a “book,” which one must admit would be quite the conversation starter, ender and shatterer of friendships/marriages, should the now-dead “Is Anybody Down” website have been published as a glossy, hardbound coffee table-type book.]

Desperate times call for desperate measures, I suppose, and for someone who only knew how to profit off the misery of others, a lifetime ban from exploiting both ends of a revenge porn website must be making Brittain very desperate indeed. You’d think he would have learned from the last time he sent out a bogus takedown request that the only thing that does is create more criticism. Brittain’s name is irrevocably toxic and he can’t seem to think of a better way to clean up his destroyed reputation than tossing a self-serving DMCA hail mary. With these 23 own-goals on the record — along with a new wave of criticism headed his way — Pustule Nickelback McHitler’s Brittain’s best bet at this point is probably to just exit the internet altogether.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Desperate times call for desperate measures, I suppose, and for someone who only knew how to profit off the misery of others…

Maybe he’s trying to learn to be self-sufficient by profiting off his own misery? Even Brittain, at this point, must know how repeatedly poking Ken White with a stick is going to turn out. [Insert pony joke here]

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